The Square Deal

The Square Deal

Ever wonder why a Wendy’s® hamburger is square? Our founder Dave Thomas started Wendy’s in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio with a simple idea. Great food, served hot and fresh, by nice people. And the square thing? That came from his childhood role model, Grandma Minnie, who told him to Never Cut Corners. Dave didn’t have the easiest childhood. He was adopted as a baby and then his adoptive mother died when he was very young. His father remarried three times and often struggled to find a job so the family moved around frequently. Dave found solace and community in restaurants – he recalled being eight years old when he first dreamed of starting a restaurant where “everyone would love my food.” Today, we remain committed to his ideals like Quality is our Recipe® (and we still don’t cut corners), and Do the Right Thing. With his childhood as our example, our signature cause is foster care adoption and finding homes for the hundreds of thousands of children who are waiting in foster care to find their forever families. Interested in hearing more? We’ll use this space to give you The Square Deal™ – our views on food, quality, culture, children’s issues and doing our best to make Dave proud.

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Wendy's | Investing in Quality and Making Progress on Animal Antibiotics
We’ve just published a year-end recap of our corporate responsibility efforts at Wendy’s. Having now done this twice, it’s fair to say this is a practice we will follow on at...
Dec 20, 2017 9:10 AM ET
#NuggsForCarter and Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets Make Twitter’s “Year on Twitter” List
2017 has been one of the more notable years in the recent history of Wendy’s. It started back in January when we kindly reminded a Twitter user by the name of Thuggy D that we use fresh beef patties on all the hamburgers we serve at our restaurants, and those do – in fact – come delivered on a refrigerated...
Dec 5, 2017 1:05 PM ET
Mark Your Calendar: Dinner at Wendy’s on November 14!
Imagine if helping children in foster care was as easy as eating dinner at Wendy’s®. Well, good news! It is! On Tuesday, November 14 between the hours of 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, 15% of restaurant sales from customers who visit a participating Wendy’s restaurant for dinner will be donated to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® in recognition of National Adoption Month...
Nov 13, 2017 9:25 AM ET
Supporting and Honoring Our Veterans
With Veteran’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to pause and take a moment to reflect and share our thanks to those who’ve dedicated their lives in service to our great country. We’re proud of the many men and women in the armed forces who’ve fought and continue to fight for freedom. Over the last year or so we’ve honored those in the military on a ...
Nov 10, 2017 9:20 AM ET
Wendy's Celebrates Supplier Excellence with Annual Golden Link Awards
Wendy’s could not deliver on the promise to delight every customer without the partnership and support from best-in-class suppliers and distributors. They are the unsung heroes for Wendy’s customers. From the beginning, Dave Thomas’ focus on quality and value made their support essential to delivering a high-quality dining experience.  Before Dave served that first hamburger back in 1969, he...
Nov 7, 2017 2:15 PM ET